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Fifties Popular Culture - ''Burns and Allen'' (Episode Aired 13th March 1952)


Published 1952


Another episode of the old CBS sitcom "The George Burns and Gracie Show", and in this episode, the ever-scatterbrained Gracie loses her engagement ring. Perhaps not as good as "Citizen Kane", but still a million times better than MTV's new fall line-up. Original aired live on 13th March, 1952, and presented here with the original commercials for Carnation Evaporated Milk. Please forgive mediocre picture quality caused by mediocre DVD.


Run time 29:28
Production Company CBS Television Network
Audio/Visual Sound, Black and White

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Reviewer: richgoup - - September 11, 2012
Subject: Gracie``s Engagement Ring
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
Season 2, episode 13.
Original air Date: 13 March 1952.
Gracie loses her engagement ring.
Cast: George Burns (George Burns), Gracie Allen (Gracie Allen), Harry Von Zell (Harry Von Zell/ Announcer), Bea Benadaret (Blanche Morton), Fred Clark (Harry Morton), Ida Moore (Jane- Wardrobe Mistress), Steve Pendleton (Lt. Smith), Jerry Hausner (Finger` Leeds), Jan Arvan (Makeup Man) and Jerome Sheldon (Makeup Man).
From IMDB.
Reviewer: Earlon - - February 21, 2010
Subject: A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from Archive.org at:

The Classic TV Channel

There are currently over 400 individual episodes of about 30 different programs, and the site is growing day by day. Check it out!
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - - September 28, 2009
Subject: I Uploaded This
Info from Wikipedia:
When The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, aka The Burns and Allen Show, began on CBS television October 12, 1950, it was an immediate success. The show was originally live before a studio audience. Ever the businessman, Burns realized it would be more efficient to do the series on film; the half-hour episodes could then be syndicated. With 291 episodes, the show had a long network run through 1958 and continued in syndicated reruns for years.

One TV running gag involved a closet full of hats belonging to various visitors to the Burns household; guests would slip out the door unnoticed, leaving their hats behind, rather than face another round with Gracie. The format had George watching all the action (standing outside the proscenium arch in early live episodes; watching the show on TV in his study at the end of the series) and breaking the fourth wall by commenting upon it to the viewers. Another running gag was George's weekly "firing" of announcer Harry Von Zell after he turned up aiding, abetting or otherwise not stopping the mayhem prompted by Gracie's illogical logic.

The couple's son Ronnie became a near-regular on their television show, playing himself but cast as a young drama student who tended to look askance at his parents' comedy style. Their adopted daughter Sandy was somewhat shy and not too fond of show business. Sandy declined efforts to get her on the show as a regular cast member, though she appeared in a few episodes as a classmate of Ronnie. In one episode, Ronnie's drama class put on a vaudeville show to raise funds for the school. Gracie hosted the show while Ronnie and Sandy delivered an impersonation of their famous parents along with one of their classic routines. Since Ronnie played himself, Gracie closed the segment with a wisecrack: "The boy was produced by Burns and Allen."

In later seasons, George and Gracie would often reappear after the end of the episode, eventually before a curtain decorated with the names and locations of the various theaters they headlined in their vaudeville days, performing one of their patented "double routines", often discussing one of Gracie's fictional relatives {"Death Valley Allen" the prospector; "Aunt Florence Allen" the nurse, and so on}.

Burns would always end the show with "Say goodnight, Gracie" to which Allen simply replied "Goodnight." She never said "Goodnight, Gracie," as legend has it. (This "false memory" may be caused by the Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In ending: "Say goodnight, Dick." "Goodnight, Dick!") Burns was once asked this question and said it would've been a funny line. Asked why he didn't do it, Burns replied, "Incredibly enough, no one ever thought of it."

Gracie retired after the 1957-1958 season. Burns attempted to continue the show with the same supporting cast but without Gracie. The George Burns Show lasted only one season (1958-59); Burns realized that viewers kept expecting Gracie to enter the scene at any time.

After trying another sitcom, Wendy and Me, Burns turned to nightclub work as a solo performer, while Gracie enjoyed a comfortable retirement; she died of heart failure in 1964. Burns continued to work as a singing comedian and enjoyed an Oscar-winning movie resurgence at the age of 80 with The Sunshine Boys, dying at the age of 100.

The kinescope recordings of the live telecasts from the 1950-1952 seasons of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show have fallen into the public domain; they are available on "dollar DVD" collections and have rerun as part of America One's public domain sitcom rotation.


I think this episode is pretty amusing.
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